Loader excited for Windsor return

This Is Wiltshire: Neil Loader Neil Loader

NEIL Loader will return to his former stomping ground tomorrow as Swindon aim to grab their third South West 1 East victory in a row.

Loader grew up in Windsor and started playing rugby at the town’s club, where the Greenbridge Road coach will go in search of maximum points tomorrow.

Windsor won promotion to the division last season, exactly one campaign after Swindon achieved the same feat, and have had an up-and-down time of it at their new level so far.

“It was nice when I was playing against them because they had a lot of guys I went to school with,” explained Loader.

“That hasn’t really changed now I’m a coach and they are quite a partisan crowd there, so it would be nice to go there and win.

“At Swindon we haven’t played for a couple of years but they were a reasonably well-organised squad that tried to control the game up front.

“It was another one of these, ‘let’s stop Swindon trying to play rugby’ kinds of thing, and they did it very well.

“Their results have been a mixed bag this season but they will be a reasonably strong outfit.

“If we’re brutally honest we haven’t played to our potential for a couple of weeks, but if we put in a performance and don’t expect it to happen, we’ll come away with a victory.”

Loader has concerns over the availability of Nick Warren (back) and Adam Rumble and Jack Badminton, who may be working.

Back-rower Paul Daniels misses tomorrow’s game as he is away on holiday, but he expects his teammates to face a tough encounter in his absence.

“It will be a hard game, they have come up from the league below and we’ve had some good battles with them over the years,” he said.

“They will be quite physical at the breakdown so we’ll have to be quite physical up front.

“At home they will be quite strong, and I think we need to target a few points from our away games.”

Elsewhere, Chippenham will hope to bounce back from a narrow defeat last weekend when they make the journey to Weston-super-Mare.

In Southern Counties South, both Wootton Bassett and Supermarine are in need of a win as they take on Walcot and Wimborne respectively.

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